Arabians as eventers?!
Hello all- I'm new to this forum and I have SEVERAL questions and I was hoping someone on here could help me out--
Back story: I've been riding hunters on and off for many years (around ten? gosh I feel old) but I am currently working at an eventing farm as a stable hand and I am really interested in trying to make the switch from hunters to eventers. The only thing is I am not in a position to have my own horse right now and this barn does not keep lesson horses. The BO has graciously offered to let me ride her two arabians and possibly even sell me one at the end of the summer.
So here are my questions:
1) I am 5'7" and 125lbs, am I too tall/too heavy for a little arabian? I know I would be okay for flatwork but Ive never really jumped anything under 15.3 so I'm just curious about balance. I'm worried about looking too big and clumsy.
2) Do you think an arabian can be an eventer? I dont really know much about the breed, other than the fact that they seem to excel at endurance. I never really see arabians at hunter shows either. From what I've read they can have a funny jump because of their short backs but maybe this doesnt matter in eventing?
If you can help with some insight on any of this, it would be greatly appreciated!! I'm so excited to join the world of eventing! :-o
questions for u:
have you jumped or ridden the horses??
tell us about the horses, height age experience??
it doesn't matter what breed the horse is, the arabs tend to be the HOT ones but they are also really smart!
i have personally evented thoroughbreds because that's all i;ve owned. there are warmbloods, clydesdale crosses, thoroughbreds, stanardbreds, appolossas, ponies, pony crosses. you name it, they do it! instead of worrying about the bred, get out there and have a go, the main thing is, are you suited to the horse. if your not then don't event it. there's only one way to find out, get on the horse and ask questions when you have the feel.
horses that have shorter back legs have bad conformation. that's not an arab thing that i know about.
The age/height/experience of the horses would help determine better but generally, arabians have the potential to be good at ANYTHING they do.
I event a half Arab, and I have seen a few purebreds eventing.
Personally, I LOVE Arabs. I work at an Arab barn, and I have seen some Arab HJ shows, and they jump just fine. They have the stamina for XC, definately!
Good luck, and welcome to the world of eventing and Arabs!!
thanks for all the replies! corporate_pride- short backs, not short back legs ;)
I haven't jumped either horse, but they are both about 14.3 and bigger built. I think for the same price I could get something green or off the track that would be better suited for me in the long run, i'm just weighing my options right now.
my friend events an arab and he does really well at the lower levels ! he doesnt have the best jump, but with training he has gotten a ton better.
I have been training an Arab / TB for eventing -- he's got some beautiful dressage movement. My issue with him is he likes to 'duck' out at jumps so it robs me of my confidence ... so back to my OTTB (on my pic)
and now I've just started my off track arab (pix below) ... super snorty at jumps. So he sucks at stadium jumping b/c he hates anything white (go figure he's white) white lines, poles, stands you name it puts him in tizzy so I stopped doing arg. timed jumping and decided last week what the heck let's try some x-c which apparently he loves since the hay bales, logs, etc. don't seem to phase him.
now no judging the photos b/c this was his first time out and he was super chargy. so yes caught his mouth couple times.
Arabs are very versatile. They can pretty much do anything. You won't look weird.
1) I'm 5'6" 135 and ride an arab/lip cross. I don't know his exact height but he's like 15.0 hands max. I was worried about looking huge on him too but my friend tell me I look fine (and I trust her opinion).
2) Of course an arabian can be an eventer! Many horses can, from what I see it's not really limited to certain breeds. Unless of course, you're like TOP level there's a lot of thoroughbreds but at local shows and stuff you can ride any breed that works for you and is capable. Also, the way the horse moves over the jump is less important in eventing compared to hunters. I went to a combined event to watch this weekend and when it came to the showjumping section all they cared about was that you needed to make it in a certain amount of time (or you'd get time faults) and that you would get a clean round and not knock over a pole.
Absolutely go for it! Ride her arabians over the summer and gain as much experience as you can get! Have a blast :D
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